Goodrich: Expanding broadband access is a top priority

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Monday, February 22, 2021

 

Whether you're at home, work or school, Hoosiers expect to be able to connect to the internet from wherever they are. The web has changed how we conduct business, learn, and keep in touch with our friends and loved ones. While it may seem like this technology is readily available to everyone, many are still struggling to find access to reliable broadband. I joined fellow lawmakers this session to work on legislation to address this gap and support additional investments to connect more Hoosiers in rural and underserved areas.

As part of these efforts, I am supporting legislation to streamline the permitting process for broadband projects to help developers work across multiple counties without getting slowed down due a patchwork of regulations across communities.

Investing in expanding broadband is also vital to ensuring more Hoosiers are connected to fast, reliable internet. This current two-year state budget proposal includes a $250 million investment in rural broadband. Providers are also set to invest an additional $198 million to assist with this effort.

The COVID-19 pandemic shed a light on the urgent need for reliable internet as many Hoosiers found themselves working or learning from home to help slow the spread of this virus. If they did not have access, students fell behind in their school work and others struggled to keep their businesses afloat. I will continue making this issue a priority at the Statehouse, and if you have any questions or input on this topic, feel free to reach out to my office at H29@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,
which includes portions of Hamilton County.
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